IDF or TFE? IDK.

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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AMD finally has a relatively public Developers Forum to call their very own, the Technical Forum and Exposition.  Though in it's 4th year, this is likely the first you have heard of it, it has been a very quiet and exclusive event.  Seeing as how The Inquirer made it into the TFE this year, the standards for attendance have been significantly lowered.  The event differs from the IDF in it's philosophy and purpose, read on to see what AMD thinks is the proper way to get developer

Source: The Inquirer

ZOTAC announces nForce 630i-ITX WiFi

Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2008 - 11:27 AM |
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HONG KONG - Oct. 29, 2008 - ZOTAC International, a leading manufacturer of NVIDIA-based graphics cards and motherboards, today unleashes its latest mini-ITX form factor motherboard -- the ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - a new high-performance platform that occupies minimal space.

Source: ZOTAC

How to go green, successfully

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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Western Digital has changed their GreenPower terabyte HDD from using four 250GB platters to three 333GB platters and doubled the cache size.  The Tech Report loved the first version, which not only delivered on the energy savings promised, but also performed as well or better than some 7200rpm HDDs.  Check out what the modifications have done to this drive.

Will it always be 'Windows 7' or will it be shortened to 7?

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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If you head over to engadget you can get a preview of Windows 7's features and overall look.  Some interesting tidbits came up about the systems that Windows 7 will run on.  At the PDC the audience was shown a netbook with a 1GHz processor and a single gigabyte of RAM, half of which was unused.  It will also support up to 256 CPUs (or maybe they mean cores?), giving you lots of room to expand or to use Larrabee perhaps.  The information is still coming

Source: engadget

2 matrices equals 3 dimensions

Subject: Displays | October 28, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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Probably the hardest thing about reviewing a 3D monitor is that it is impossible to show in screenshots what the experience is actually like.  Other monitor reviews can contrast the colour levels, saturation, bleed and other easily measurable and displayed data, you can't really do that for the biggest feature in 3D monitors.  X-bit Labs didn't let that stop them from doing a review of the iZ3D Stereoscopic LCD monitor.  The monitor does have advantages o

Source: X-Bit Labs

Super Talent Announces 18-Carat Solid Gold USB Drive

Subject: Storage | October 28, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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San Jose, California - October 28, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a limited edition 18-carat solid gold USB drive that comes with a serialized Certificate of Authenticity.

The Pico-C has become the hallmark of style and quality in USB drives. Prized for its beautiful design and incredibly small size, the Pico-C is also water resistant and fast, supporting up to 200X (30MB/sec) data transfer speeds.

This mouse knows Yoga

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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A lot of thought has gone into designing the Microsoft Arc mouse.  Built to accompany your laptop or netbook, it is wireless, folds up much like a cellphone does and can work at ranges up to 30 feet.  You may never get that far away, but it is a handy feature, like the 25lbs of pressure the hinge can support.  ExtremeTech has put up a full reivew, contrasting it against

Source: Extremetech

Most would just excuse themselves

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft is jumping into cloud computing with Azure, as announced by their Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie at a Professional Developers Conference.  Called Project Red Dog in development and now renamed to something that might smell a little sweeter, this will be Microsoft's attempt to draw people into a hosted application environment and will attempt to take on Amazon's similar product.  You can read all the market-speak about it by following the link at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Launches 'Global Mobility Bazaar' Program

Subject: General Tech | October 28, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Shenzhen, China, 28 October 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the 'Global Mobility Bazaar' (GMB), an innovative industry infrastructure program aimed at driving the rapid global adoption of affordable mobile computing devices.

Through the GMB program, VIA is partnering with over 15 GMB manufacturers and infrastructure partners in China on the development of a wide variety of mini-notes, netbooks, and notebooks

Not just for sedentary systems anymore

Subject: Mobile | October 27, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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You have seen Smooth Creations incredible paint jobs before, they created the system we gave away for Memorial Day.  They have branched out from full sized systems to include netbooks, which gives you a chance to show off a incredible paint job without having to cart around over 10lbs worth of PC.  TECHGAGE did find the WiFi to be a little under-par, and wanted a little more power under the hood for the price, but no one can argue that you have to pay a

Source: TECHGAGE

Custom PC at a non-custom price

Subject: Systems | October 27, 2008 - 02:28 PM |
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AVADirect is a custom system builder that uses a lot of the tricks you find in boutique systems, without the insane prices.  The system that Ryan tried has a C2Quad Q9450 pumped up to 3.40 GHz and 4GB OCZ Platinum EB Edition PC3-12800, giving you some serious power.  The 9800GTX+ is a little odd to include; it is still a solid card but will have great difficulties keeping up with the speed of the CPU and RAM.  At $2450 it is has rather impressive stats and you can always customize your build to beef up the graphics subsystem.
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Room to move

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 27, 2008 - 01:16 PM |
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If you are looking for a case that will give you enormous amounts of space and some heavy duty cooling, you should at least consider the Tagan Monolize-CS.  It does lack some of the features high end cases offer, but as it costs 1/2 as much, you can't really be too surprised.  It does offer a lot of space in the interior, tool-less drive cages and a pair of 250mm fans on it's side panel. 

Source: Icrontic

Check under the hood of your HD4830

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 27, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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If you fire up GPU-Z and have only 560 shader processors as opposed to the 640 that are on the card then you have a card with a pre-production BIOS.  There is good news, it looks like only reviewers have ended up with these cards, they are not likely to have made it into the channel, though it is possible some slipped through.  As well, you can take hearst in the fact that this is a BIOS issue only.  The processors are there, they are just going unused and a simple BIOS flash can fix that.  AnandTech did some testing and you can see the difference in performance,

Source: AnandTech

Make Vista slightly less annoying

Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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If you haven't already given up on it completely, there are four tweaks at ExtremeTech that will help make your Vista machine a little more friendly.  Some, like the tweak that allows you to switch application icons are of limited use, others that let you affect the templates used in Windows Explorer so that spreadsheets do not come up as a thumbnail preview are a little more useful.  Check them out.

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Extremetech

Friday, Bloody Friday?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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What are perceived as random problems
are often easily diagnosable and repeatable errors, assuming you have the right tools and/or experience to identify them.  You can do it the hard way, and after years of seeing dying PSUs, faulty memory, conductive crud, spyware, adware and viruses you may be able to identify problems as they occur.  Instead you could take the easier and less traumatizing approach, and use a program like Process Explorer which will give you a way to identify the likely suspects interru

If you know you are good you don't have to loudly proclaim your superiority

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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The recently reviewed NuForce Icon-1 Amplifier and S-1 Speakers take a different approach than many other PC sound systems, a fact that did not escape TECHGAGE.  Instead of loading the system with umpteen billion virtual channels and the ability to hear someone playing an FPS game from the next block, they simplified their entire system and focused on quality.  If your ears are offended by the loud and distorted sounds coming out of your current speakers, maybe this amp and speaker combo

Source: TECHGAGE

We can tell you everything but how it performs

Subject: Motherboards | October 24, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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The X58 chipset is a great example of how not to do a product release.  We have been seeing plenty of boards that use the new chipset, but we have yet to see a benchmark, for the i7 processor line is still under NDA.  Overclock3D has that exact problem with their review of the ASUS Rampage II Extreme.  You can read all about the various features available on the motherboard, but you won't see any performance numbers.

Source: Overclock3D

State of the quad core market

Subject: Processors | October 24, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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To kill time waiting for the Corei7 to appear on the market, and likely die in droves as people over-volt them, X-bit Labs is revisiting the current batch of quad core processors.  The ageing Q6600 competes against the newer

Source: X-Bit Labs

To titillate without providing any real information

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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A butterfly hatching out of a barnacle is probably not a good sign, nor a familiar cityscape arising from the sands of the beach.  The grown up Little Sister still bearing a homemade Big Daddy doll hints that whichever ending you chose in the original; there was something that you missed.  Check the HD teaser over at Cult of Rapture; it's not a trailer, it's a teaser, so don't be too frustrated when you don't have any of your theories proved or disproved.

ATX 2.2 is just a suggestion?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2008 - 05:41 PM |
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The branding "No Rules Power" on the Xigmatek NRP-MC851 850w Power Supply
might make some people nervous, there are a lot of rules that need to be followed if you want to make a PSU that is even slightly reliable.  [H]ard|OCP was quick to point that out and unfortunately it was a harbinger of bad news to come.  The build is solid, the capacitors used are high quality, as is the technology behind the unit, so it should be a shoe in.  That turned out not to be the case.

Source: [H]ard|OCP